X Factor champion Altiyan Childs has given up his music career to return to forklift driving, according to News Limited.
Childs won the second season of The X Factor in 2010 (the first on Seven) after being mentored by Ronan Keating.
Since then he has experienced highs and lows including platinum album sales and a devoted, cult-like following, contrasting with headline-grabbing controversies involving driving under the influence of drugs, trashed hotel rooms, former management facing police charges, and media attention on girlfriends.
More significantly, he parted ways with Sony Music and management last year, but he did appear on The X Factor 2011.
As yet there is no confirmation he has given up on music. Last month he released a single for free download.
Childs was awarded the X Factor win despite problems emerging during production, but he isn’t the first to win a talent quest and find that fame is a double-edged sword that requires a lot of hard work and tough choices.
It also makes life awkward for the talent show to sing its achievements in its upcoming season, presumably with the focus turning to Reece Mastin and Johnny Ruffo.